Appropriateness Of The Phrase “Car Accident”

Many people use the terms “car accident” and “car crash” interchangeably.

However, some people believe that there is a difference between the two terms, and that “car crash” is, in many instances, a far more accurate – and more appropriate – description than is “car accident.”

The Huffington Post article of May 20, 2016, titled “We’ve Been Brainwashed Into Saying ‘Car Accident’” further discusses the issue.

An excerpt:

“An ‘accident’ seems equivalent to spilling milk, or an act of God,” says Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives. “That’s not what a car crash is. There’s always a human choice behind any crash.”

The article also mentions that the three leading causes of car accidents are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving

The article states “All three are clearly deliberate actions.”

The article also discusses a campaign and other advocacy efforts by two New York City nonprofits, “Transportation Alternatives” and “Families for Safe Streets,” for the greater use of the term “crash” as opposed to accident.

Additional details concerning this issue can be seen in the Huffington Post article mentioned above as well as the two nonprofits mentioned.

West Chicago Two-Car Accident Injures Eight People

There was a two-car crash Friday (May 20, 2016) in West Chicago, in which eight people were injured.  The accident happened on Roosevelt Road at Town Road at approximately 11:13 a.m.

The accident involved a Hyundai and a Chevrolet Suburban.

An excerpt from the May 20, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Roosevelt Road reopens after West Chicago crash injures 8“:

The Suburban was heading west on Roosevelt and the Hyundai was traveling south on Town when the two vehicles collided, West Chicago police Cmdr. Eric Shipman said. The department’s traffic safety unit still is investigating exactly how the crash occurred.

The driver of the Hyundai, a male, was pinned in his car and had to be extricated.  Both this driver and seven men in the Chevy Suburban were taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield for treatment of their accident injuries.  None of the accident injuries were considered to be “life-threatening” in nature.

Fire departments from a variety of local municipalities responded to the crash, including those from Winfield, Wheaton, Carol Stream, Batavia, St. Charles, Geneva, Warrenville and Naperville.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this DuPage County crash can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Daily Herald article mentioned above.

Student Falls Off Of SUV In Aurora Parking Lot And Later Dies

Occasionally in the Chicago area there are fatal accidents involving people falling off of cars.  An accident happened Friday (May 13, 2016) in which a student at the Marmion Academy in Aurora fell off of a moving SUV and later died from his accident injuries.

According to Aurora Police, the accident happened in the school’s parking lot at approximately 3:45 p.m.  According to a preliminary investigation, a student was standing on the running board of an Acura MDX and holding onto the vehicle’s exterior while another student drove the MDX at approximately 10 m.p.h.  At some point the driver made a left turn and the student standing on the running board lost his grip, falling backward off of the SUV.  The student who fell was identified as Stephen J. Woodcock, 17, of St. Charles.

An excerpt from the May 16, 2016 Aurora Beacon-News article titled “Marmion student dies after falling off SUV“:

Woodcock hit the pavement and received head and likely other injuries, police said. He was treated at the scene by Aurora Fire Department paramedics and then flown to the hospital.

Woodcock died from his accident injuries on Monday, May 16, 2016.

The investigation of the accident is ongoing and is being performed by the Aurora Police Traffic Division.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Aurora-Beacon News article mentioned above, as well as the May 16 Aurora Patch article titled “St. Charles Teen Dies After Falling Off Vehicle in Marmion Academy Parking Lot.”

Fatal I-294 Truck Accident Near Hinsdale-Western Springs Border

There was a fatal truck accident early Tuesday morning (May 10, 2016) on I-294 near the border of Hinsdale and Western Springs.

According to the Illinois State Police, the accident happened at approximately  2:30 a.m. as a southbound UPS semi truck lost control for a currently unknown reason and struck a center median.

The UPS truck driver was identified as Glen D. Dantuma, 61, of Hartford, Wisconsin.  He was taken to pronounced dead after being taken to Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this fatal truck accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 10, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “UPS driver killed in crash on I-294” as well as the May 10 fox6now article titled “Hartford semi driver killed in crash in Chicago suburb of Hinsdale.”

Police Chase That Began In Lombard Leads To Multiple Accidents

Drivers that are attempting to elude police chases often pose threats to other vehicle traffic.  Drivers involved in such chases are trying to outrun police and often drive very recklessly as they try to elude capture.  These chases often lead to accidents, many of which injure innocent people.

Another example of accidents that happen during a police chase is seen in the events of a May 4, 2016 car chase that began in Lombard.

An excerpt from the May 5, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Mayor questions long police chase that caused two crashes“:

A suspect in a death investigation led police on a chase that started in west suburban Lombard and resulted in two crashes involving law enforcement vehicles in Chicago on Wednesday night before the suspect eluded authorities.

As seen in the article, one of the crashes involved a collision between a Chicago Police car and another vehicle at Congress and Leavitt.  In this crash, two police officers were injured and taken to area hospitals for treatment of their accident injuries.   The injuries were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.

Additional details regarding this police chase and the resulting accidents can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the May 5 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Police Chase Of Drug Death Suspect Leads To Multiple Crashes.”

6-Year-Old Boy Struck By Car In Wheaton

A 6-year-old boy who was struck by a car in Wheaton on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

According to Wheaton Police, the accident happened at approximately 3:55 p.m. on May 4 in the 1200 block of Taft Street.

Wheaton Police say at that time the boy ran in front of an eastbound car and was struck.

The boy, who was later identified as John RuatPuia, was taken to Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield for treatment of his accident injuries after the accident.

According to subsequent updates regarding the accident, the boy died on May 11, 2016.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the May 4, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Wheaton boy severely injured by car” as well as the May 12 Daily Herald article titled “6-year-old Wheaton boy dies after crash” and the May 12 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “Wheaton kindergartner dies after crash.”